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SEEDS Community Service Odysseys

Greetings! SEEDS set up this page to give incoming Reed students more information about what to expect on each of the different SEEDS Odysseys. Every year, we work with some of the same and some new community partners.

This year you may choose from among three venues. All groups will sleep and eat together within the community, but each group of up to 10 students, led by two returning students, will have its own program of activities. Each group will also learn about other service opportunities available within Portland and surrounding areas.

If you still have questions, you can always feel free to contact SEEDS at or 503-777-7563. We hope to see you in August!


Youth and Education

The Education and Youth trip began at a local Fred Meyer’s to help with a drive for Schoolhouse Supplies, a nonprofit organization that provides free school supplies to public schools. They handed out reusable bags and provided information about the organization’s mission and collected donations. The group then planned activities, including games, sidewalk chalk, art and face painting for children at a local Human Solutions', which gives affordable housing and support services to low-income families in the area. After a community involvement panel on Sunday morning, these Reedies went to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and facilitated an evening of hands-on science activities at various stations, including spin art, dinosaur claw casting, and fingerprinting. On Monday, the group worked with kids attending Portland Parks and Recreation Summer Camp at local Marshall Park. The group ended their trip at The Children’s Book Bin, which collects and distributes donated children’s books for low-income families in the area.

Community Development

In the morning, the Community Development group volunteered at Habitat Restore, which raises funds for Habitat for Humanity to build affordable houses and keeps usable materials out of the waste stream. The group sorted through donations and cleaned

up the store. The Reedies worked with Free Geek in the afternoon, an organization that restores old technology, redistributes the products, and teaches internet and job skills in exchange for community service. After a Community Engagement Panel on Sunday morning, the group volunteered at Neighborhood House. This organization provides services such as food, housing, employment, and other short- and long-term needs, and relies completely on community support. On Monday morning, this group volunteered at Project Grow, which promotes independence in developmentally disabled adults through involvement in organic farming, music, yoga, and art. The group finished their trip at the Milagro Theatre, which aims to give a prominent voice to the local Hispanic community through artistic expression. The program reaches out to under-served youths to involve them in community and artistic activities.

Food Justice

Interested in learning about community-based wellness approaches to social justice issues? Join us for this new Odyssey where we will explore issues such as  access to healthy food, homelessness and more. Learn how these food justice public health issues are addressed at the individual, community, and policy levels. Last year, participants volunteered at a number of community organizations including the Oregon Food Bank, the Beaverton Giving Gardens, Potluck in the Park, and more.


Read more about the Odysseys at the Orientation 2014 page. If you have any questions or concerns about the trips, please feel free to call SEEDS at 503-777-7563 or email us at SEEDS.